The Bohemian Rhapsody star recently opened up about the painstaking lengths he went to to ensure he did the late musician justice in the upcoming biopic.
“I would consistently go back to his interviews and performances just to understand the [different] sides of him,” the Mr. Robot star told Entertainment Weekly. “Obviously, there is a very brave, brash entertainer who hits the stage. And then there is a human being who can be reclusive and lonely behind closed doors.”
Malek went on to admit it was challenging to capture Mercury’s dual nature as “someone who had grown up in Zanzibar and got shipped off to school in Bombay, and upon his return to Zanzibar, fled a revolution with his family and went to London.” He added, “That type of childhood is emblematic of someone who is starving for identity.”